Earlier today the Lehigh Valley Phantoms announced that they signed team captain Colin McDonald to a 1-year AHL contract for the 2018-19 season. This will be McDonald’s fourth season in the orange and black.
The Captain is BACK! The #LVPhantoms have signed forward Colin McDonald to an @TheAHL deal. McDonald has served as the team's captain for the past three seasons and has amassed over 100 points as a member of the Phantoms.— LehighValleyPhantoms (@LVPhantoms) June 19, 2018
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McDonald, 33, scored 8 goals and put up another 17 assists for a total of 25 points this past season has played in close to 200 games as a member of the Phantoms, regular season and playoff games combined. While the 25-goal scoring version of McDonald might not return, his physical play wreaks havoc on opposing defensemen and he’s been the Phantoms leader for quite some time now.
In the same release, the Phantoms announced that they had also signed David Drake to a 1-year AHL contract. Drake, 23, made his AHL debut last season on a tryout contract, playing in seven regular season games and one playoff game. The 6’6” defenseman was the Flyers’ 7th round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. This will be Drake’s first professional season. In his seven regular season games, Drake picked up two assists and had a plus-1 rating.